So the theme here is regarding the bad faith audit hell bent on striking the free and fair portion from the electoral process. The audit in Maricopa County, Arizona is being conducted by the firm Cyber Ninjas, founded by Doug Logan (incessant imbiber of the QAnon cult Kool-Aid and their Stop the Steal movement).
The inclusion of the Cyber Ninjas logo on the back of our cyber ninja is redundant … but whatever.
As this particular assault against American liberty has been empowered by the Republican Party of Arizona, our cyber ninja has been outfitted with an axe bearing their logo.
Our cyber ninja has been given this axe for the felling of the liberty tree before him.
Many liberty trees (American Elm) were designated, this tree is intended to represent the original liberty tree … which became an international symbol after Thomas Paine published his 1775 poem Liberty Tree, from which these two stanzas are excerpted:
But hear, O ye swains, ‘tis a tale most profane,
How all the tyrannical powers,
Kings, Commons and Lords, are uniting amain,
To cut down this guardian of ours;
From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms,
Through the land let the sound of it flee,
Let the far and the near, all unite with a cheer,
In defence of our Liberty Tree.
Per Smithsonian Magazine (source of remaining block quotes)
The tree was almost 120 years old in March 1765, when the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act.
Early in the morning of August 14, Bostonians discovered the effigy hanging from the tree.
Initials pinned to the effigy, “A.O.,” identified it as Andrew Oliver, the Boston merchant who had agreed to collect the stamp tax.
I chose this for my Andrew Oliver effigy model.
Next to [the effigy of Andrew Oliver] dangled a boot, a reference to Lord Bute, the former British prime minister whom many colonists blamed for the act. A small devil figure peeked up from inside the boot, holding a copy of the law.
Enraged by taxation without representation, mob violence broke out (led by Ebenezer McIntosh).
The Loyal Nine felt McIntosh had gone too far.
A town meeting at Faneuil Hall voted unanimously to denounce the violence. Going for a more lofty symbolism, the Loyal Nine attached a copper plate to the elm a few weeks later. “Tree of Liberty,” it read.